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Influence of learner support services on enrolment of learners in distance education programmes at the University of Nairobi. A case of Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Borabu district

Author: Getuba, Mary Mabuti

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MDE

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: University of Nairobi ; Distance learning ; Administrative support ; Colleges and universities ; University students ; Borabu District ; Academic guidance counseling ;

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of Learner Support services in the enrolment of learners in Distance Education programmes at the University of Nairobi. The case of learners from Borabu District. The study had three research objectives namely; The extent to which administrative learner support services influence enrolment of learners in DE programmes at the UON from Borabu District, to assess how technological learner support services influences enrolment of learners in DE programmes at the UON from Borabu District, and to establish the influence of guidance and counseling and peer learner support services on the enrolment of learners in DE programmes at the UON from Borabu District. The study used research survey design which involved a quantitative design. It targeted a population of three hundred and twelve students (312) and a sample size of thirty one (31 ).Stratified random sampling was used. The research instruments used were questionnaires. Data collection began once permission was sought from the University of Nairobi. A pilot study was done on a selected group of the target population after which the questionnaires were then given to the target population. The data was then analyzed using descriptive statistical analyses and the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) The study established that there was no much difference in gender with regards to enrolment. The majority of the respondents were aged between 31 and 40 years of age and were married. From the study findings dispatch of examinations, requirement of courses, and registration were some of the administrative learner support services that were highly rated crucial for enrolment while on the other hand dispatch of course materials, orientation, record keeping and advertisement of courses were lowly rated. It was observed that all the respondents had mobile phones. More than half of the respondents accessed learning materials from the Internet and had e-mail addresses. Fax services were not considered as technological learner support services as none of the respondents indicated its utilization as a learner support service. The study revealed that less than half of the respondents owned computers and knew how to use them. In regard to guidance and counseling support services, the study revealed that encouragement services, motivation and time management services were fully provided. The least provided guidance and counseling support services were giving directions and career choice. The study recommended that the university to consider setting up sub regional centers at each district provide an expert in guidance and counseling, set up a computer lab at the regional centres and provide learning materials in soft copy. The study suggested that further research to be carried out on the influence of learner support services in the enrolment of learners in other districts to find out whether they have similar experiences or impact on learners.

A Critical analysis of students receptivity to strategic changes in private universities : a case of United States International University

Author: Wasike, Crispin Ayuoyi

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: ;

Subject Terms: University students/Attitudes/Organizational change/Colleges and universities/United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya ;

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Effects of foreign soap operas on university female students' perception of lifestyle : a case study of Inoorero University students

Author: Wanyama, Leonard Lussac

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Television programs/Social impact/Soap operas/University students/Females/Perceptions/Families and family life/Inoorero University/Colleges and universities/ ;

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This study examined the impact of viewing soap operas on university-going female audience. Specifically, the research study sought to establish whether soap opera watching influenced female college going students' perception of family roles, relationship, and fashion as well as career choice. There is evident lose of Kenyan social values among women as a result of watching foreign television soap operas. Without knowledge and care, Kenyan television stations continuously promote the western culture through a series of foreign soap operas played during prime time. Continued exposure by female viewers to these foreign soap operas culminates into lose of moral values manifested in dress code, relationship patterns, family roles and career choice. In an attempt to establish the relationship between soap operas and the realities of life as perceived by audiences, two models; Agenda Setting and Cultivation will be utilised. A survey was conducted by issuing questionnaires to 200 female students who were selected through purposive sampling. Research assistants identified female students in every class who watched soap operas and issued them with survey questionnaires. Collected data was then put in different groups and categories analysed. Data was coded and analysed by use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and was presented through tables and graphs. Research findings indicated that soap opera watching in Kenya had an impact on female students' perception of lifestyle especially on dressing, relationships, career choice and family roles.

Factors influencing use of computers in accessing information by distance learners : a case of Bachelor of Education (Arts) students of the University of Nairobi

Author: Kamau, Lucy Wanjeri

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MDE

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Distance learning/University students/Information literacy/Computer literacy/Colleges and universities/University of Nairobi, Kenya ;

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Use of computers in accessing information is crucial to continued scientific advancement and to technological progress (Hughes, 1994). Information accessibility today through use of computer application skills is unprecedented (Kochmer, 1995). It is not exaggeration to suggest that majority of the people(students, teachers, lectures, researchers, journalists and others) who are hungry for information, are turning to computers, almost pushing the traditional sources (books, magazines, journalist, libraries)to the periphery (Ely,1995). This study sought to establish the factors influencing use of computers in accessing information by distant learners. This research was guided by the following objectives: to establish the influence of learners' level of knowledge, experience in computer application skills, attitudes towards computer application skills- on accessibility of information. Literature reviewed showed a disparity between the expected levels of access to information by distant learners and what really the case on the ground was. Purposeful sampling method was used to get the sample of the study. Data was collected using questionnaires. The findings of this research indicate that distance learners lack computer application skills and this has influenced their access to information. The study also establishes that level of knowledge in computer application skills and learners' attitudes towards computers has influence on learners' access to information. The study recommends that educational institutions should teach and train their students in computers skills starting at an early age and even before students enrol for distance learning. The study also recommends the availing of computers to distance learners at cheaper prices. From the findings, the study also recommends that distance learners start to value computers.

Influence of students councils' involvement in decision making on discipline in public primary teachers training colleges in Eastern and Central regions in Kenya

Author: Kimotho, Naomi Wangari

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MED

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Teacher education/Colleges and universities/University students/Decision making/School administration ;

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The study sought to establish the extent to which students in Public Primary Teachers Training Colleges are involved in decision making, specific tasks that they are involved in extent of their involvement in policy implementation and effects of their involvement in students discipline. The study also established the challenges in involvement of students in decision making as well as determining strategies of their involvement. The link pin model was best suited to interpret and discuss the finding of this study because a college is seen as a system of interlocking groups that is students, lecturers, administrators, subordinates staffs, community. Secondly because the interlocking groups are connected by individuals who occupy dual membership positions thus serving as linking pins between the groups. This study adopted the descriptive survey design with a target population of 4,681respondents from which 490 was used as the sample size by the use purposive and simple sampling techniques. Data was analyzed by the use of SPSS Version 17 for Windows. The findings indicated that, Students councils are involved in decision making in primary teacher training colleges in eastern and central regions. The decision making tasks for which the students' council are involved include supervision of duties and student welfare, the administrators also engage them in decision making to a minor extent, and most decisions which are vital are made by the administration. If the students councils were to large extent involved in the decision making process, the students body would own the issues that they are involved in and coordination and supervision of tasks will be much easier. Strategies for enhancing decision making would be to hold meetings with the student bodies, listen to their views on various discipline matters and guidance and counseling. There is need for the students' councils to be involved in the process of decision making in the colleges to a large extent. There is need to emphasize more on guidance and counseling as an effective mechanism of self-management and informed decision making. There is need for more meetings with the student body so that they can be listened to by the administrators as decisions are being made. There is need to publish the finding of the study to guide managers of public teachers training college to come up with policies on decision making.

Factors influencing youth enrolment levels in Public Youth Polytechnics in Mombasa County, Kenya

Author: Ngumbao, Jane Kang'ombe

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Mombasa County ; Vocational education ; Colleges and universities ; University students ; Enrollments ; Socioeconomic factors ;

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The study investigated the effect of economic status, socio-cultural factors, historical factors, quality of education and Youth Polytechnic administration structures on youth enrolment levels in Public Youth Polytechnics in Mombasa County, Kenya. The ability to cater for the cost of education denoted economic status, socio-cultural factors revolved around issues of gender and class structures, people's perception towards vocational training was assumed to emanate from historical factors, availability of training inputs, outputs and outcomes represented quality of education and administration structures were assumed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in Youth Polytechnics. The study particularly sought to identify and give suggestions that could help assist Public Youth Polytechnics in Mombasa County to improve their enrolment levels. The study was considered due to the fact that the Youth Polytechnics absorption capacity of Primary School leavers has continued to be low despite the increase in the number of schoolleavers who do not make it to Secondary School and the minimal impact that Government programs to rehabilitate Youth Polytechnic have had on enrolment levels. The study was conducted through descriptive survey research design. Data was collected using questionnaires from 349 youth, 205 yp trainees and 15 instructors. The youth were selected from a target population of 4826 youth who are members of various youth bunges in Mombasa County through the use of Cluster sampling technique while all trainees and instructors in Public Youth Polytechnics within Mombasa County were included in the study. The data was analyzed using Frequencies, Percentages and the Chi-square test statistic and presented in tables. The study established that gender based socio-cultural factors, socio-cultural backgrounds, family's ability to pay school fees, availability of physical infrastructure, and value of the educational certificate have a significant influence on youth enrolment levels. The study concludes that economic status, socio-cultural factors and quality of education are factors influencing youth enrolment levels in Public YPs in Mombasa County. It recommends the formulation of regulations to ensure yP fees are affordable to the target population, introduction of more gender oriented courses, intensification of sensitization programmes on the value of yP education and the integration of vocational training into the mainstream education system. The researcher suggests that a similar research with a much wider focus and an independent research on the effect that a central governing body would have on youth enrolment levels in YPs be done.

Factors influencing use of internet resources for learning among Masters students : a case of Masters in Project Planning and Management, University of Nairobi

Author: Nyangweso, James Ongaki

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MDE

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: University of Nairobi, Kenya ; Graduate studies ; University students ; Internet ; Educational resources ; Online information services ; Information literacy ;

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The internet has become an integral part of research at the Masters level. Studies show that the internet is a powerful tool for searching for information globally. Research shows that African universities are faced with the problem of expensive ICT which is poorly managed. For Masters Students internet is crucial for research and publication. The need to investigate the factors influencing the use of internet resources for learning has resulted from the studies which have been done. Therefore this study sought to investigate the factors influencing the use of internet resources for learning among Masters Students especially in the School of Continuing and Distance Education (SCDE) of the University of Nairobi as internet resources present a vital component of research. The study was guided by three objectives namely to determine the accessibility to the use of internet resources for learning among masters students, to establish technological skills in the use of internet resources for learning among masters students and to assess the familiarity with resources in the use of internet for learning among masters students in the University of Nairobi. Descriptive survey method of research was used for this study. The researcher used this kind of research to obtain first hand data from the respondents so as to formulate rational and sound conclusions and recommendations for the study. The research applied purposive sampling in determining the sample size. This sampling resulted to a sample of 89 out of a target population of 89 students pursuing Masters in Project Planning and Management at the Kisii extramural center of the University of Nairobi. Questionnaires were used to collect data from the respondents. Frequency distribution, measure of central tendency and measure of variability were used in this study. Results showed that the internet is not readily available through university computers although the few available computers had excellent accessible networks to the internet at a reduced price and power was always available. Laptops were prevalent among masters students but most students were not skilled in the use of electronic library tools .This indicates high ignorance in the use of library tools. Most of the respondents agreed that they were skilled in the use of network telephony, e-mail, news groups and Google scholar. However not many students were conversant with the use of web boards and chat rooms. The study recommends that the government, universities and educational stakeholders combine efforts to equip institutions with computers; secondly, universities to facilitate training in the use of electronic library resources'; 'and thirdly encourage students to familiarize themselves with other internet resources.

Factors influencing enrolment of female students in postgraduate studies : the case of college of Education and external studies of the University of Nairobi

Author: Mwaura, Susan Waithira

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: University of Nairobi. College of Education and External Studies ; Enrollments ; Graduate studies ; Women ; University students ;

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The composition of female studies has been growing all over the world. The trend seems to indicate that female students prefer some courses over others. Female students who enroll in postgraduate courses do so for a number of reasons which range from the desire for high income or better employment, empowerment for decision reasons and other social cultural factors. This trend is also typical in the College of Education and External Studies of the University of Nairobi. The purpose of the study was to investigate the factors that influence female enrolment in postgraduate studies of the College of Education and External Studies of the University of Nairobi. The study was conducted in the departments of Educational Administration and Planning, Extra Mural Studies and Educational Communication and Technology. The objectives of the study were to establish the influence of economic, social/cultural, personal or individual and contextual factors on enrolment of female in postgraduate studies. Theories and literature on female enrolment in postgraduate studies were reviewed and a conceptual framework developed to guide the study. The study used survey design. The target population was female postgraduate students enrolled in the year 2010/2011 academic year in the three departments (Educational Administration and Planning, Extra Mural Studies, Educational Communication and Technology). Stratified sampling design was used to select the participants. Simple random sampling was used to select respondents from each strata using postgraduate nominal roll. Data was collected from 91 female students through the use of a questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed using descriptive and factor analysis. The study expects to generate findings that will provide empirical data on factors that influence female enrolment in postgraduate programmes. The study concludes that economic factors, socio-cultural factors, personal/individual factors and contextual factors influence the enrollment of postgraduate studies. This research study therefore recommends that the commercial banks in Kenya should provide loans for post graduate students. The study also recommends that that women postgraduate' students should first of all finish their academics before getting into family life so as to reduce their commitments to marriage and commitment in terms of finances.

Factors that influence student participation in entrepreneurship among university students; the case of Strathmore university undergraduates students

Author: Muigai, Sarah Watiri

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Strathmore University, Kenya ; University students ; Entrepreneurs ; Business education ;

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The purpose of this study was to explore the entrepreneurial mindset of undergraduate students. The study was built on Ajzene's theory of planned behavior to identify the factors influencing entrepreneurship participation among undergraduate students in Strathmore university students. Data was obtained from 123 students of two different programs offered at Strathmore University. The study was based on the following objectives :To establish the influence of entrepreneurship Education on student Participation in entrepreneurship at Strathmore university; To assess the influence of family background on Student Participation in entrepreneurship at Strathmore University ;To establish the influence of University factors on student participation in entrepreneurship at Strathmore University; To establish the influence of student factors on student participation in entrepreneurship at Strathmore University. The target population of the study was 564 students undertaking entrepreneurship course as an elective in Strathmore University. A sample of 123 students was picked based on stratified sampling technique. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. This study has foundout that Entrepreneurship education in universities can have a positive influence in terms of general attitudes to entrepreneurship. Further, deliberate efforts by universities to boost entrepreneurship allow the students to learn and participate more and generate the confidence they need to participate in entrepreneurship. The study has also found out that students do influence each other to participate in entrepreneurship and influence broughf about by family as well as own experiences about entrepreneurship contribute to higher entrepreneurship inclinations. The study recommends that Academic institutions should link the content of their entrepreneurship syllabus with the needs in the market and changing times. Policy makers in the area of education should ensure that the spirit of entrepreneurship is not just fostered at higher education but developed from an early age so that the students have entrepreneurship as a career choice from among their choices of carrier.

Factors influencing the use of ICT by distance learners : the case of Master in Distance Education University of Nairobi, Kenya

Author: Mbonge, Winfred Mumo

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MDE

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: University of Nairobi, Kenya ; Distance learning ; Information technology ; Communications networks ; University students ;

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Distance Education students are far placed from their tutors during their learning process. Therefore the Information communication and technologies are indispensable to be able to have smooth running in their learning process. The research project therefore looks in to the factors influencing the use of K'Ts by the master in distance education students in the University of Nairobi during their learning process. It also looks in to how they access these leT and how they afford it since they are busy students and members of various institutions which need to be financially attended to. The document also looks at the skills that the MDE students need and how they influence them to use JC]' in their learning process. The study also verifies how infrastructure influences their learning process from where they are and if the leT equipment are available for them during their learning process. Survey method has been used to collect data where the questionnaire has been the main data collection instrument. Simple random sampling method was used. The study focused on the 74 MDE students University of Nairobi of intake April 2008 to April 2011. The findings revealed that both learners and lecturers in the department embrace leT. While 70% agreed that they use email to obtain feedback from their lecturers, 35% receive their assignments through emails. A proportion of 27% reported that the feedback was timely. Besides wishing for assignments to be promptly returned with helpful feedback, another important form of support that students like to receive is a selection of supplementary reference materials. Only 14% of the students reported that they had reasonable access to such materials during their study. Lecturers on the other hand reported that the university has not provided the department of distance learning with adequate leT personnel and this has hindered the delivery of feedback as well as the distribution of course materials to the learners. I do therefore recommend that the University is obliged to provide adequate leT personnel to support the students effectively. The department will also ensure that the students admitted are familiar with leT to avoid a lot of inconveniences. This will help the students to receive feedback timely and also get supplementary materials through the internet and others send by their lecturers.